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Nearshore Attached Filamentous Algal Blooms: A New and Growing Problem

We are all aware of the threat of harmful algal blooms in waterbodies with high nutrient levels, but why are algal blooms forming on the bottoms of clear lakes with low concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus?

Join our next Harmful Algal Bloom webinar on Wednesday, July 7th as Dr. Yvonne Vadeboncoeur, Professor of Biological Sciences at Wright State University, discusses her work on filamentous algal blooms and the rising threat they pose for nearshore habitats in lakes with high water quality. Dr. Vadeboncoeur will discuss the groundwater pollution, lake food webs, and the role of the public in better understanding this new threat to some of the world’s most iconic lakes.

This upcoming webinar will be held by the North Central Region Water Network on Wednesday, July 7th at 11AM CST.

Click the button below to register.

Call for Presentation Abstracts: ABAT

The Algal Bloom Action Team, a collaboration of water professionals, researchers, and educators from 12 states in the North Central Region of the United States, invites you to submit an abstract to the second Annual Harmful Algal Bloom Virtual Symposium. The symposium will feature emergent harmful algal bloom (HAB) research and provide a venue for moderated discussions regarding HAB research, outreach, and how information dissemination can be improved.

Team members include the national network of Water Resources Research Institutes (WRRI), the North Central Region Water Network and university Extensions within each state in the North Central Region. The Algal Bloom Action Team was a recipient of the Outstanding Regional Collaboration Achievement Award from the Association of Natural Resource ExtensionProfessionals for its first Annual Harmful Algal Blooms Symposium in 2021. Conference attendance for 2021 included over 800 professionals across the United States.

More information about the Algal Bloom Action Team can be found here.

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Detecting Covid-19 through wastewater

Illinois Department of Public Health will partner with the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) in a $5.5M program across 10 counties across the state of Illinois.

The program seeks to utilize wastewater analysis as a tool for early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks. This program is in partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago, the institution testing the samples collected from the communities tested in the initial launch of the program. 

For more information, click the button below to browse the DPI News Archive.

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Congratulations to Dr. Tushar Apurv!

The Illinois Water Resources Center would like to offer congratulations to Dr. Tushar Apurv for his First Place Award of the UCOWR 2021 Outstanding Dissertation Award!

Dr. Tushar Apurv has been selected as the First Place Recipient of the UCOWR 2021 Outstanding Dissertation Award in Water Policy and Socioeconomics. 

Dr. Apurv received this accolade from the dissertation titled “Understanding Drought Propagation and its Implications for Drought Management.”

Dr. Apurv was additionally selected to present at the 2021 Virtual UCOWR/NIWR Annual Water Resources Conference from June 8-10.

Illinois River Basin To be subject in 10 year study

“The U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Mission Area (WMA) is planning to intensively study ten Integrated Water Science (IWS) basins throughout the United States over the coming decade, integrating monitoring, research, modeling, and assessment to improve understanding of water availability in a wide range of environmental, hydrologic, and landscape settings…The first two IWS basins have been selected to be in the Delaware River basin and Upper Colorado River basin and the Illinois River basin has been selected to be the 3rd IWS basin. “

Click the button below to contact the USGS Representative for the State of Illinois! The representative is located at the Central Midwest Water Science Center.

Upcoming Events

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The Student Sustainability Committee has Working Groups across various categories of sustainability: Education & Justice, Energy, Food & Waste, Land, Water, & Air, and Transportation & Infrastructure. Meetings occur twice a month. View the SSC Calendar for Zoom information.

All interested in hearing about sustainability projects are welcome to join the meeting!